The never-ending artwork

Some local artists, such as Shubigi Rao, plan 10-year projects. Others, such as Singapore-based Kumari Nahappan, take years to collect the materials they need for their works. And there are artists like Charles Lim, who expand their projects as they go along

How long is too long to spend working on a single piece of art?

French artist Auguste Rodin laboured for more than two decades, starting from the late 1800s, on the bronze figures of his 6m by 4m work, The Gates Of Hell, but even today, it is not unusual for an artist to spend a decade or more on a single work of art.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 04, 2018, with the headline 'The never-ending artwork'. Print Edition | Subscribe